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Welcoming the 2018 Vegetable Apprentices

Welcoming the 2018 Vegetable Apprentices

Last month, Glynwood welcomed our 2018 vegetable apprentices to the farm: Anthony Post and Leslie Lewis. Anthony and Leslie will be in residence at Glynwood through November, during which time they will participate in a comprehensive curriculum and work closely with our Vegetable Production Manager to learn the best practices in organic vegetable production, regenerative agriculture and land stewardship. Leslie and Anthony come to Glynwood with a wealth of knowledge and diverse experience, and we are looking forward to teaching and learning from them this year:

Anthony Post

How did you get interested in farming?
It was sort of by chance. A few summers ago I was looking for a job that could hold me over until school started again. My mother was working on a farm near her house and she suggested I try applying. I thought it could be pleasant to work outside so I applied. I ended up loving it. When I returned to school I made plans to finish early so I could get back into farming. I finished school the next year and have been farming since then.

What part of the apprenticeship are you most excited about?
This is the fourth farm that I’ve worked on, but there are still gaps in my farming knowledge. My previous experience has been mostly as a farm hand with little time for education. A key part of the Glynwood apprenticeship is learning. I’m interested in CRAFT and the various training, classes, and workshops that Glynwood offers.

How did you learn about Glynwood and the apprenticeship opportunity?
I found Glynwood on the website Good Food Jobs. I looked at the job posting and at Glynwood’s website, and it seemed like a great opportunity to learn more about farming so I applied for the apprenticeship position.

What are your long-term career goals?
Someday I hope to either run my own farm or be a vegetable production manager.

Share a fun fact about yourself?
I have a Masters in Physics.

Leslie Lewis

How did you get interested in farming?
My desire to farm initially stemmed from my involvement in environmental and food sovereignty efforts. I first farmed in 2014 in Woodbridge CT for Massaro Community Farm. I then went on to work at Scenic Hudson as a Development associate for 2 years. After leaving SH I spent 6 months travelling and farming in South America. When I returned, I spent my first full-season farming at Starling Yards farm on Red Hook NY.

What part of the apprenticeship are you most excited about?
The intention of teaching/learning is what attracted me to the Glynwood Apprenticeship program. There are so many ways to approach farming and to have the opportunity to ask questions and learn the infinite why’s and how’s of this industry is invaluable as a young farmer.

How did you learn about Glynwood and the apprenticeship opportunity?
As a farmer looking to learn, an apprenticeship was something I was on the lookout for. After working in the Hudson Valley for about 4 years, Glynwood had been a name on my radar. Through the small world of the HV, Glynwood was a place I heard a lot about. Friends of mine (back paddock) got their start through the incubator. And Starling Yards was part of the CSA coalition.

What are your long-term career goals?
Simply: I want to start my own farm that feeds and educates my community. However, recently I have been inspired to think about creating a non- profit social enterprise that ties together the values of farming and the support/rehabilitation of recently incarcerated women.

Share a fun fact about yourself?
I grew up in a town of 4,000 people in the middle of Illinois where the only thing grown is corn and soy.